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Adding Value in a Commoditized ESA Market

My colleague and contemporary of many years visited me the other day with a sadness and frustration in his eyes. Why the long face, I asked? Emphatically he answered, "We can't compete in the Phase I marketplace!" Perhaps, grasshopper, there is more than one market… Read more

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'Airing’ On The Side Of Caution
Manufacturing

'Airing’ On The Side Of Caution

As urban revitalization proceeds at a steady pace and construction prices continue to escalate in cities where vacant parcels are all but nonexistent, many property owners and developers are finding that substantial profits can be made through major renovations of existing buildings. Renovation starts in some cities are at an all-time high and it has become commonplace for buildings originally built 100 or more years ago to now house luxury condos, Class-A offices, five-star hotels and even institutions such as universities and hospitals. Often, these major renovation projects take place in stages; one floor or area of a building at a time, while the rest of the building r… Read more
Feel–Good Storytelling: From USTs to Fresh Produce
Environmental

Feel–Good Storytelling: From USTs to Fresh Produce

Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough, is nestled in the northeast corner of Tennessee. Founded in 1779, the small, vibrant town with a population of around 6,000 is commonly known for its National Storytelling Festival. Located in the historic downtown area, a property which was once an Exxon gasoline and service station from the 1930's until 2003 became an unwanted property that was eventually placed on the real–estate market. This resulted in three gasoline underground storage tanks (USTs) to be deemed temporarily out of service. Due to the prime location, town leaders were interested in purchasing the unused parcel and developing the site located at 101 Boone Street in… Read more
Got 20 Minutes? Check Out The Motor City
Green & LEED

Got 20 Minutes? Check Out The Motor City

Eight years ago, EPA selected Detroit as the site for its Brownfields Conference and the question might have been, why? The city of 677,000 was in a state of decay that it left very little for attendees to do in the evening other than perhaps plot strategies on how to arrest decay and revitalize a once-proud metropolitan stronghold. In 2008, that was the lull before the smart-growth storm that has now come to epitomize Detroit, which is now marked by community gardens, bike paths crisscrossing the city's grid and plans to convert wasteland into a forest of 50,000 trees. What works in its favor is Detroit is a city that was built for 2 million people, according to the Detro… Read more
How Do You Eliminate the Unknowns of Your Redevelopment Property?
Industrial

How Do You Eliminate the Unknowns of Your Redevelopment Property?

Kentucky does not have any tax dollars to be used to fund Brownfields redevelopment. As a result some large Brownfields projects, Papa John's stadium and the Louisville riverfront redevelopment come to mind, did occur. However, many smaller Brownfields projects needed some sort of assistance. With that in mind the Department of Environmental Protection management team proposed legislation in 2012 to assist with Brownfields redevelopment. As a result KRS 224.1-415 was enacted and the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program was created. One of the items which hinders Brownfields redevelopment is the concern that a large and expensive environmental cleanup will be required … Read more

Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management
Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management

When you think of risk management in the context of smart growth best-practices, what comes to mind first? Is it risk management that connects to crafting a solid, right-sized insurance… Read more
Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more


Urban

Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth
Urban Planning

Granite Crossing: Big Step In Small Community's Re-growth

Lithonia, Georgia, is a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents in DeKalb County, 19 miles east of Atlanta. The area is known for its abundance of granite, including nearby… Read more
Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision
Urban Planning

Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision

Hey, owning a car and getting dibs on a permanent underground parking spot at a shiny new condominium is overrated, right? How about an urban redevelopment where everything is available… Read more
Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again
Urban Planning

Toledo's 'Economic Heart' Is Beating Once Again

Toledo has always been an auto town, making car parts ranging from Champion Sparkplugs to Libby-Owens-Ford windshields. Toledo's most iconic auto manufacturing product was the US military Jeep, started by… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more
Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
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